Malaysia’s capital: Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur was a pleasant surprise. Maybe the fact that we stayed at a friend’s place changed our perception, but I think it is fair to say that this city is very different than all the others we passed until now in Southeast Asia! Different for the better.

The population density in Malaysia (95,14 per Km2, in 2017) is considerably lower than in it’s neighbor Thailand (135,13 per Km2, in 2017), and that is very evident. Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur are very different cities. If in the former I felt sick due to the pollution and confusion, in the latter I liked getting lost in it’s gardens and streets.

Kuala Lumpur is a developed, organized, green and fairly clean city. The English legacy is visible mainly in the historic city center, where all the buildings that surround the independence square (“Merdeka Square”) remind us of the colonial architecture. All of them are impeccably maintained, as are the gardens.

Monument to the independence, that happened the 31st of August 1957. 

National Museum, where we did a guided tour with an amazing guide, that took us on a long history trip of the land where Malaysia sits today, but that only in the middle of the 20th century became independent.
In the national museum we also found information about the Portuguese sailors that passed through this part of the world. In the picture, a replica of the ship “Flor do Mar”, a Portuguese vessel that participated in several events in the Indian Ocean until sinking in 1511 in the Malacca strait. Full of riches, it became one of the most mythical and sought after sunken treasures of history.
What if money had animal shapes? Once it was that way… Old rail company headquarters.

Merdeka Square: as you can see, the sky was about to unleash a lot of rain!
A scale model of the tallest buildings in Kuala Lumpur (already built and under construction).

Petrona Towers: the most famous sky-scrapers of Kuala Lumpur. They were the tallest building in the world between 1988 and 2004.

In the KLCC park in from of the Petronas towers there is every night a lights, water and music show. It’s beautiful!
“Tree canopy walk”: walking at the tree top level in what is the oldest park in town.

One of the highlights of our stay: the condo where our friend and host lives is amazing! With six swimming pools to choose from, this was our favorite, on the 31st floor, with a view to the impressive Kuala Lumpur skyline:

Margarida

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